"I know what I think. Don't confuse me with the facts."

Reference information is factual information. Most research begins with these accepted truths.

noun1.something that actually exists; reality; truth:Your fears have no basis in fact.
2.something known to exist or to have happened: Space travel is now a fact.
3.a truth known by actual experience or observation; something known to be true: Scientists gather facts about plant growth.
4.something said to be true or supposed to have happened: The facts given by the witness are highly questionable.
5.Law. Often, facts. an actual or alleged event or circumstance, as distinguished from its legal effect or consequence. Compare question of fact, question of law.
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What facts are NOT:
Facts are not opinions, theories, commentaries, essays, assessments, critiques, analyses, productions, creations, advice, conventional thoughts, or even primary documents. They are statements of current knowledge, truths generally agreed upon by natural scientists, social scientists, historians, and mathematicians who have performed scientific and academic research upon which they draw conclusions.

Facts are not immutable, though. After all, it was discovered that the world is not flat, the sun does not rotate around the moon, bleeding people does not cure what ails patients, and cocaine is not healthy for a quick pick-me-up. Research is continually striving to find the absolute truth, building upon past knowledge, striving to find out new facts, both scientific and academic, that will modify or add to existing knowledge.

So, for purposes of research, we must begin with accepted factual information. If you need quick, basic general factual information, start with the sources below: dictionaries, almanacs, quotations, biographical information, encyclopedias, medical facts, etc.

For articles about extensive subject area content, read the reference articles on our Infotrac research database), Student Resources in Context (ID and password required). To use other databases, the Florida Electronic Library and online public library databases (if you possess a Florida library card). Then, if all that fails, start roaming the Internet, using the recommended search engines on the Search Engine Search page.

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